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FedEx Freight

In 1966, Viking Freight opened its doors as a courier service within selected areas of California and rapidly grew to be the state’s leading intrastate trucking carrier. By 1986, Viking’s service area expanded to cover 10 western states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

In 1988, Viking became a subsidiary of Caliber System Inc. Over the next 10 years, Viking solidified its position as the market leader in the West and periodically expanded beyond its regional territory. In January 1998, Federal Express Corp. acquired Caliber System and created FedEx Corp., a global provider of transportation, e-commerce, and supply chain management services.

Meanwhile, American Freightways (AF) was founded in 1982 in Arkansas. AF quickly became the nation’s fastest-growing, independently owned regional less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier. In 1989, AF became a publicly held corporation, and by 2001 it had developed a wide network of service centers that provided direct coverage to 40 contiguous U.S. states.

American Freightways was acquired by FedEx Corp. in 2001. By combining Viking and AF, FedEx Corp. created FedEx Freight to offer convenient shopping for LTL customers who require top-quality, highly reliable freight service.


In 2006, FedEx Corp. acquired Florida-based Watkins Motor Lines, a leading provider of long-haul LTL services that got its start in 1937. Watkins was rebranded as FedEx National LTL and FedEx Freight Canada. In January 2011, FedEx National LTL merged with FedEx Freight, and the company launched its two service offerings at all lengths of haul across its U.S. network: FedEx Freight® Priority and FedEx Freight® Economy.

Today, FedEx Freight is an LTL shipping industry leader that serves the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Go to the FedEx Corporate Brochure to see how FedEx Freight and other FedEx operating companies come together to connect the world — serving our customers, our communities and our team members.